- Publisher: FEIWEL & FRIENDS
- Format: Hardback | 246 pages
- Dimensions: 144mm x 214mm x 28mm | 340g
- Publication date: 28 May 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1250003334
- ISBN 13: 9781250003331
- Sales rank: 28,925
Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she's a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm. Syrena law states all Half-Breeds should be put to death. As if that's not bad enough, her mother's reappearance in the Syrena world turns the two kingdoms--Poseidon and Triton--against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen's request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself--and her Gift--to save a people she's never known? Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen's points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.
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Anna Banks's first novel, "Of Poseidon," was a Macmillan Fierce Reads title. She lives in Crestview, on the Florida Panhandle, with her husband and their daughter.
By Sarah Elizabeth 23 Jun 2013
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the 'Of Poseidon' series, and kicks off a few hours after the end of book 1 'Of Poseidon'. **Warning - some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 'Of Poseidon'.
Emma and Galen have just found out that Emma's mother is the missing Poseidon Princess Nalia, and Galen has gone back out to sea to find his brother Grom - the man that Emma's mother was promised to.
Meanwhile Emma's mother has kidnapped her and set off driving across the country trying to get away from the Syrenka, thinking that they will kill both Emma and herself.
Meanwhile Grom is wondering what will happen if Emma's mother really is Nalia - as he has just been wed to another Syrenka.
Is Emma's mother really Nalia? Will the Syrenka accept her as the Poseidon Princess? And what else does the evil Jager have up his sleeve?
I do think that this book was marginally better than the first, but it still had some massive flaws.
Emma's mother was pretty unrecognisable as the woman who had been so weird in the first book. She was also seemingly shocked that Emma had the gift of Poseidon. Considering that Emma had had an incident where she nearly drowned as a child, and then claimed that the fish in the water had saved her, and her mother had always told her she was being silly - you think that she might have considered this before? I mean come on! How stupid would you have to be to not even consider that your half-mermaid daughter has some sort of affinity for fish, especially when you are of the Poseidon line that can talk to fish? Just silly.
Then there was Rachel - the girl that Galen saved when he was younger. How convenient that she is ex-mob, and can do all sorts of wonderful and helpful things like messing up flight plans at airports and tracing credit cards and stuff. Just so wonderfully helpful! And really difficult to believe. I also couldn't believe the spots they stuck this girl in! Taking her to places where her reason for being there was basically non-existent, and making sure that her life was at risk on multiple occasions - just for the sake of a little extra danger to the storyline. Again - silly.
The storyline in this one was mainly concerned with arguments within the Syrena. Arguments about whether Emma's mother was really Nalia, whether Paca really had the gift of Poseidon, whether Galen & co should be punished for living like humans, what should happen to Emma - the filthy half-breed, and so on, and so on. I often find these books where there are lengthy argumentative tribunals a bit irritating, and this was no exception. Especially when certain arguments are made that are just frustrating!!
Anyway, I did like this book overall, but again it's one of those books where there are massive glaring plot-holes, that you have to just put up with if you want to actually find out what happens. I'd say that if you didn't like the first book, then you won't like this one either, but if you liked the first then it's worth reading this one too. At least the ending of this one wasn't a cliff-hanger!
Overall; another okay fishy-read, but mind the plot-holes.
7 out of 10.